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The Glasshopper - Jennifer at her blowtorch The Glasshopper is artist Jennifer Rakosnick! She is a glass lampwork artist, and brings us this delightful collection of hand-turned glass. Each Acorn, pumpkin, flower -- whatever! -- begins with a tiny blob of molten glass. She sculpts each at the end of a metal rod -- at a blow torch!!!

In the heat, she turns, pinches, sculpts and layers the soft glass to make all her charming little mushrooms, ghosts, strawberries & carrots. Everything is hand-made, everything is made ONE AT A TIME. Everything is lovingly made by just Jennifer, and they are all one-of-a-kind pieces of tiny glass art.

ENJOY! Talk about special pins for your sewing cases and cushions!


Ghosts by The Glasshopper - click for more Mushroom by The Glasshopper - click for more
Mushrooms and Ghosts!
Jennifer the Glasshopper Gal has a pair of cute new pins -- topped with her lampwork glass! Beautifully hand-made, each pin needs to poke out of a pretty pin cushion or sewing case. The little mushroom reminds me of the dancing ones in Fantasia! Substantial 2-1/2 inch pins, the red and white glass mushroom measures about 3/4 of an inch. The little ghost is white glass with black eyes, and he measures about 2cm long -- about 3/4 of an inch. These are darling... one of a kind. Full of personality, you'll never find others like them!


Herman The Hedgehog from The Glasshopper - click for a larger view
Herman -- The Stick Pin -- WOW...
Glasshopper made Herman come to life for Fern Ridge... he's even hand-painted!!!!! About 1/2 an inch in size, he is ceramic, and features a glass 'polka dot blanket' on his back handmade just for him!

THE CUTEST little pin... get him for anywhere you need a tiny hedgehog! He's available separately from the case and fob!


Let if Snow by The Glasshopper - click for more Pumpkin Season by The Glasshopper - click for more Halloween and Christmas are Just Around the Corner!!!!!... from The Glasshopper
Well kind of....! The Glasshopper has made you the prettiest petite glass-topped pins that all of your holiday pin cushions and needlework cases NEED! Jennifer is a glass artist and is making the most delightful pins with charming miniature sculptures topping each.
  • Pumpkin Season -- These are 1 cm each!!! Exquisite miniature pumpkins complete with veins, stems and tendrils, each is perched atop a sturdy and SHARP 2-inch pin. You can poke them into straw, use them on place cards, but I think they will be most happy poked into a very special stitched and Spooky Halloween or richly-colored Autumn pin cushion.
  • Let if Snow -- Oh my gosh, these are SO CUTE!!!!!! Gorgeous, deep and rich red glass trimmed with crisp white... these are all less than an inch in size, and are perfectly hand-shaped into the most charming little hat and warm little mittens. Again, on very sharp two-inch straight pins... dress up a pin cushion. They'd be pretty as wreath decorations, even decorations on a cheese tray at a Christmas party!

Glass Flower Counting Pins - click for more
Glass Flower Counting Pins
The Glasshopper has made lovely sets of hand-made Lampwork Glass flowers and leaves -- on pins. Poke them into your favorite pin cushions, and dress up sewing cases -- these are too pretty to hide away in a drawer. You'll recognize these from your Blackbird Circle of Friends Kit we sent you -- if you are in our Circle of Friends Club! Each flower or leaf is individually made of molten glass on a metal rod -- being warmed and shaped right in the flames of a blow torch!!!

Jennifer has made us several colorways to match your stitching! They DO NOT MATCH THESE DMC NUMBERS I AM REFERENCING... but are close, in my opinion. All have a tiny yellow center, except the red. We have red with a tiny black center 816, lavender-- 3041, lt yellow -- 746, blue -- 322, slightly irredescent light blue -- 3325, white, and a light pink -- 224. I'd get the pins first, then match hand-dyed flosses to them!!!!


Tiny Glass Carrots and Strawberries by The Glasshopper - click for more Tiny Glass Carrots and Strawberries from The Glasshopper
The Glasshopper Lady has been busy hand-making small carrots and strawberries -- just like her miniature acorns. Charming little things, they are made of glass -- turned on rods -- using a blow torch to melt the glass. She sculpts her bits of glass into the veggies, and adds a bit of green glass for their greenery trim... and darling miniatures are born! Attached to a bronze hanging loop, I think they are prettiest adorning a pin cushion or inside a neat sewing case (but then they are hidden!)

Our carrots are approx 7/8 of an inch long and less than 1/2 an inch wide. The tiny strawberry measures approx 3/4 inch long and 1/2 an inch wide... pretty opaque oranges and deep berry reds, you could almost eat them!!!!!



Glass Flower Pins by The Glasshopper - click for more Glass Acorns and Pumpkins! from The Glasshopper
The Glasshopper -- glass artist Jennifer Rakosnik has made us some tiny glass acorns with metal tops to adorn our sewing cases and pin cushions. Gorgeous little things.... I chose *earthy-acorn* colors of glass that are tucked into an antiqued bronze topper.
  • The single nuts measure 1/2 an inch wide and 1 inch long.
  • Next... we have bright orange pumpkins.... these hefty little guys are about 5/8 an inch in diameter and about 3/4 an inch in height.
  • The double acorns measure about 3/4 an inch long and reach almost an inch and a half in width. Just beautiful! They each have a pair of green glass tendrils on them, and that metal hanging hook. So unique, so pretty... something lovely for your needlework or scissors!!!




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